MOUND CITY, Mo. – Along with warm weather, as many as 120,000 snow geese are arriving at the Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City, Mo., this week.
The snow geese numbers had dropped from 108,000 on Nov. 19, to about 4,500 on Dec. 4 as flocks migrate to wintering grounds in the Gulf of Mexico.
With the warm temperatures, numbers are surging again.
Duck numbers have dwindled to 21,000 and the number of bald eagles cited dropped from 106 to 95.
The wildlife refuge posted on Facebook Tuesday that eagles are perched on top of muskrat mounds and in trees.
The refuge features 3,400 acres of wetland, but 95 percent of that ground was listed as frozen for the Dec. 4 waterfowl count.